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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Monday, January 11, 2016

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All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height - Casey Stengel

All 2016 Vuelta a España stage profiles posted

The 2016 Vuelta a España route was presented yesterday. I have all 21 stage profiles posted now. Here's one that will be interesting, stage 14. The last two climbs are the Col de Marie-Blanque and the Aubisque. The 2016 Vuelta has 10 hilltop finishes.

Vuelta stage 14 profile

2016 Vuelta stage 14 profile

IAM Cycling perfomance tests video

These tests were perfomed at the University of Geneva hospital:

IAM Cycling video

Team Giant-Alpecin video: A day in the lives of our riders

Giant-Alpecin video

Australian Road Championships

Jack Bobridge won the Australian road championships yesterday. Team Dimension Data posted this additional piece about the race:

Jack Bobridge (Trek-Segafredo) went on to win the Australian National Road Race after he capitalised on a race long breakaway. Cameron Meyer came home in 2nd position on the day with Patrick Lane (Avanti) securing 3rd place.

It was on the first of 18 10.2km laps that a large group of 21 riders went clear over the Mt. Buninyong climb. Eventual race winner Bobridge was part of this escape, as too was our very own Mark Renshaw.  With just over 60km raced, the peloton were already 7 minutes down on the break and Bobridge would throw caution to the wind at this point.

Bobridge would have Bernard Sulzberger (Drapac) for company as he attacked, but Sulzberger couldn’t sustain the pace for all that long and it was Bobridge vs the rest with 90km to go. The rest of the break would be reeled in over the demanding course as Orica-GreenEDGE led the chase.

The home team just didn’t have the firepower today though and eventually our Cameron Meyer and Rohan Dennis (BMC) could not wait around anymore. With the gap still over 7’00” and 35km left to go, Camo attacked the peloton as Dennis followed. Cam would shake Dennis in the run to the line, at the same time clawing back 4 minutes on the leader but it was just not possible to catch Bobridge, who took a courageous victory.

With Cameron coming home in 2nd, Patrick Lane (Avanti) crossed the line alone in 3rd after Dennis had faded while we had Nathan Haas win the small group sprint for 4th. A great start to the year by our African Team.

Cameron Meyer – Rider

The race was one of the toughest we have had on that course. The heat today made it a war  of attrition. I’m really happy with my silver medal. It is my first time on the podium for the road race and unfortunately the peloton gave Jack Bobridge too much of a gap to bring back. He was super strong and deserved the Australian Champions Jersey.

I felt really good riding for the first time in my Team Dimension Data kit and working with Nathan Haas and Mark Renshaw was really good. From a three man team to go and finish second and fourth is a great result and fantastic start to our Australian summer races. I am now looking forward to the Tour Down Under.

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